Kitchen Safety: Use a cart or chair as a midpoint for transfers of kitchen items from countertop to countertop. Consider purchasing a walker tray that fits over the top of the walker handles. A walker tray can be used to

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Furniture Cruising or Wall Cruising is when a person is unsteady while walking so they touch or hold onto furniture or walls to help maintain their balance. Family members and patients who furniture or wall cruise have an increased risk

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Orthostatic hypotension is when your blood pressure drops when you go from lying down to sitting up, or from sitting to standing. Significant lightheadedness with change in position should be reported to your primary care physician..

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Foot and Ankle Issues: Have you had your tires checked lately? The feet are like tires on a car. Not having good contact with surfaces increases fall risk.

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Fall Risk and Medication: Do you know if your medications increase your fall risk? 

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Poor Balance: How’s your balance? Poor balance is a fall risk.

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Muscle Weakness: Muscle weakness is a fall risk. Consider adding an exercise routine to your day or make sure to move everyday. Like the old adage says, “If you don’t use it, you lose it”.

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Poor vision is a risk factor for falls: Have you had your annual eye exam? Getting an annual eye exam and keeping your prescription up-to-date can help reduce your risk for falls. Make an appointment with your eye doctor soon.

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Bed Too Tall: Do you find that your bed is too tall? Consider putting an aerobic step next to the bed to give you a “leg up”. Aerobic steps are a safer option than a kitchen step stool because they

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Gait Belts for Safe Transfers: A gait belt goes around the patient’s waist and is used to by a caregiver to assist their loved-one with moving from one surface to another or what therapists call a patient transfer. Some common

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